Dec 10, 2019

By Jane Brown

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There are hints coming out of Beijing that the two Canadian citizens who’ve been held for one year could soon go on trial.

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have been detained and imprisoned on vague national security charges, widely believed to be an attempt to pressure Canada to release Meng Wanzhou, a top executive at Chinese tech giant Huawei, and who was arrested in Vancouver.

A China Foreign ministry spokesperson told reporters Tuesday that the cases of Kovrig and Spavor have been transferred to prosecutors for “review and prosecution in accordance with the law.”

Such trials are usually carried out behind closed doors and convictions are virtually assured.

Professor Gordon Houlden is director of the China Institute at the University of Alberta.

He told Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer, the chances of their detention being resolved in the “next several months are very modest.”

“I would agree that the Chinese are determined that they will not get out unless Meng’s case is disposed of, and I would also note that she’s not under house arrest,” Houlden explained, “She’s free to roam about the city at leisure. I think we’re in a box. There’s no exit readily in sight.” Listen to the podcast of Libby’s conversation with Gordon Houlden by clicking here.

China has also sentenced two other Canadians to death and suspended imports of Canadian canola.

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